Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution - AANAPISI Grant Program


South has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI). The U.S. Department of Education grant is designed to improve the retention, transfer and graduation rates of underserved Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. This initiative contributes to South’s efforts of achieving high student success rates among our high rates of student diversity. Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students are the college’s largest group of students of color.

In October 2008, South received with the designation a two-year, $2.4 million federal grant to support student retention and success, with special focus on Asian American and Pacific Islander students. South is one of only six recipients in the country, covering both two-year and four-year institutions.

In September 2011, South received another AANAPISI grant, this time, a five-year, $2 million federal grant. The current AANAPISI grant is focusing on two major components to enable and empower students to choose educational goals and persist beyond their first term, first year, and to completion.

The first component will provide services to retain AAPI students through:

  • Intrusive and culturally appropriate advising
  • Educational Planning
  • Individual Advising Portfolio
  • Enhanced Online Learner Orientation

The second component will create a culturally responsive learning environment by providing:

  • An AANAPISI Center
  • Cultural role models
  • Building community: cohort-based study groups
  • Culturally relevant professional development
  • Culturally relevant course content¬†

Who is the AANAPISI Grant Team?





May Toy Lukens

Project Director


Rochelle Fonoti

Pacific Islander Cultural Specialist and Part-time faculty


Ammara Kimso

Asian American Cultural Specialist


Alexandra Rawlings

Program Assistant


Terry Paull

Educational Planner


Veasna Hoy

Interim Educational Planner